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Last season, the Reds were a dismal 3 wins and 22 losses. What a difference a year makes.
The Reds are riding a 3 game win streak after a 7-6 home win over division rivals Chicago Cubs.
Chicago twice would use 3 run innings to lead the Reds only to have Cincinnati fight back to take the lead.
Pressed into action, Vosler’s go-ahead HR propels Reds
By: Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon
CINCINNATI — The Reds first baseman with the initials “JV” is off to a nice start to his season. Of course, it’s not Joey Votto, who began 2023 on the injured list to complete his effort to return from left shoulder surgery.
It’s Jason Vosler, who made the Opening Day roster after it was determined that Votto would not be ready. Vosler’s go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning lifted Cincinnati to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park on Monday — the club’s third consecutive win.
“It’s definitely satisfying when you’re playing well. It’s even better when you’re winning,” said Vosler, who is 4-for-11 (.364) with four extra-base hits — a double, a triple and two homers — and six RBIs.
The lefty-hitting Vosler wasn’t in the starting lineup with the Cubs starting left-hander Drew Smyly. But he was pressed into service in the bottom of the second inning to pinch-run after Jose Barrero left with right hamstring tightness.
Being ready when his name is called has become Vosler’s thing.
“It just says so much,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s excited to show the kind of player he is. He stayed ready, came off the bench and ends up being a big part of, really, a great win. He’s just showing what he’s capable of. It’s that simple.”
The Reds overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit after Connor Overton was tagged for five hits, including Cody Bellinger’s three-run homer. They answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and one in the second inning, when Vosler scored on a fielder’s choice.
Chicago took the lead back with three more runs in the fifth inning, and the Reds answered right back a second time. Tyler Stephenson opened the bottom half of the frame with a single, and Stuart Fairchild was hit by a pitch with one out.
With two outs, Vosler drove Smyly’s 2-1 sinker to left-center field for his three-run homer. Reds hitters’ average exit velocity against Smyly was only 80 mph, but Vosler’s drive left his bat at 100.5 mph.
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